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Grace Hata Interview

Date: March 16, 2012
Location: West Los Angeles, California
Videographer: Ann Kaneko
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1003-10
04:00:46
27 segments
Nisei female. Born December 5, 1930, in Gardena, California. Grew up in Gardena where parents ran a restaurant. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father was arrested and taken away by the FBI. During mass removal, family was sent to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, and reunited with father. Following the Leave Clearance questionnaire in 1943, family transferred to the Tule Lake concentration camp, California, and then repatriated to Japan. Grace lived and worked in Japan for a year and a half before returning to California, finishing school, and becoming a nurse.
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Parents' family backgrounds Segment 1 of 27 [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-1 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Description of siblings Segment 2 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-2 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Description of family's prewar restaurant Segment 3 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-3 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Taking Japanese dance and music lessons Segment 4 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-4 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Mother sews clothing for family Segment 5 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-5 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Parents' prewar "chop suey" restaurant Segment 6 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-6 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Attending elementary school Segment 7 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-7 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Spending time in Little Tokyo Segment 8 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-8 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Memories of kenjinkai picnics Segment 9 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-9 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Getting very sick as a child Segment 10 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-10 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Two oldest brothers grow up in Japan Segment 11 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-11 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and coping after father is arrested and removed by the FBI Segment 12 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-12 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California First impressions of Manzanar when the camp wasn't completed Segment 13 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-13 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Learning to play the shamisen in camp Segment 14 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-14 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Hearing about the "Manzanar Riot" Segment 15 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-15 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Communicating with father while in camp Segment 16 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-16 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Transferring to Tule Lake and reuniting with father Segment 17 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-17 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Memories of expatriating to Japan Segment 18 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-18 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Attending school in Japan Segment 19 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-19 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Finding a job in Japan working with the U.S. government Segment 20 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-20 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Attending night school in Japan Segment 21 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-21 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Returning to the United States Segment 22 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-22 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Older brothers' wartime experiences Segment 23 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-23 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Transitioning into high school after living in Japan Segment 24 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-24 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Working as a schoolgirl and establishing life after Japan Segment 25 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-25 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Deciding to become a nurse Segment 26 of 27 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-26 .
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Interview location: West Los Angeles, California Reflections Segment 27 of 27 [ Previous segment ] See this segment in the Densho Digital Repository at: https://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-1003-10-27 .
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